Tuesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Ensuring Sufficient Investment is a Must for Children’s Rights and Needs, The News

This article from Islamabad opined that ensuring sufficient investment for more than 86 million children in their country is critical for the realization of different aspects of their needs and rights. The recommendation makes part of the study titled ‘The State of Children in Pakistan’ launched on Monday by the Children’s Complaint Office (CCO) with the support of Unicef. The study provides a thorough picture of the current status of children in Pakistan, with respect to five thematic areas including health, education, juvenile justice, child labour and violence against children at the federal, provincial level and the special status regions.

Syrian Children’s Horror Stories Released, CNN

After 18 months of terror and grave devastation, Syrian children are plagued with trauma from witnessing the horrors of war first-hand. Save the Children released a report Tuesday called “Untold Atrocities,” a collection of accounts from Syrian refugee children.

High School Soccer Players Accused of Hazing and Sexual Assault, CNN

Three teenage soccer players have accused teammates at a Los Angeles-area high school of luring them into a ritual of hazing and sexual assault to initiate them into the varsity soccer team.

“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”‘s Lasting Impact, CNN

This article is an analysis of the popular book by Stephen Chbosky and the effect it may have had on high school society. The book deals with the darker side of the teenage experience and touches on drugs, alcohol, sex, and abuse. The actress, Nina Dobrev, to play one of the characters in the upcoming film version of the book said, “It makes you realize that everyone’s kind of the same,” and “even though you feel like you’re the only one going through it at the time, everyone has at one point or another.” Dobrev concluded that the book shows that we’re all misfits in our own way.

Ashley Pierce

About Ashley Pierce

Ashley Pierce is a third year student at the University of Houston Law Center. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Houston Baptist University in 2010. While she was in college, she worked with a non-profit organization called Ambassadors for Christ that partnered at-risk youth with college students to serve as positive influences. During her first summer as a law student, Ashley worked in employment discrimination law with Bashen Corporation, in order to expand her horizons and see a completely different side of the legal world. During her second summer, she worked as a law clerk with Lilly, Newman & Van Ness, L.L.P., a family law firm. She will continue working there during her third year of law school. Ashley has always been passionate about helping children and families and she has a genuine interest in the intersection of psychology and the law. This year, she is looking forward to learning more about amicus work and she plans on focusing her research and writing on the "best interest" standard as it is applied to children.

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